Tentacle Deeps 15

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Tentacle Deeps 15, Cthulhu art by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 15 by Amy Crook

Days of work went into today’s piece, but I think they’re my favorite tentacles yet. I used the same technique of softening pen-and-ink with water as in Tentacle Deeps 14, but then I went through and grew salt crystals along the body of each tentacle. The cross-hatching used three different pens to create the sense of light and depth, and my friend Eric L suggested that it looks like the tentacles are starting to dissolve where the light is hitting them.

Tentacle Deeps 15, 5″x7″ mixed media on paper.

Here you can see a closer view of the texture and the way I created the effect of light fading to darkness.

Tentacle Deeps 15, detail 1, by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 15, detail 1, by Amy Crook

I love how this shows off the variation in the tentacle colors, and the way the salt crystals sparkle even with the dark ink suffusing them.

Tentacle Deeps 15, detail 2, by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 15, detail 2, by Amy Crook

I finally had the brilliant idea of putting something in the framed shots so you’d get a sense of scale, so enjoy this shot of the tentacles in their frame, hanging out with my iPhone.

Tentacle Deeps 15, framed art by Amy Crook

Tentacle Deeps 15, framed, by Amy Crook

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2 Responses to “Tentacle Deeps 15”

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  1. Kristine says:

    i love the little details in here – the closeups are so very cool. The hatching and spirals are pretty.

  2. Amy says:

    Thanks! I’ve been experimenting with different textures on the crosshatching, I’m working on a piece now with white ink over dark paint for contrast instead of vice versa.